Ob­serve gun ban, pub­lic warned

Sun Star Bacolod - - Top Stories - BY TERESA D. ELLERA

ACT­ING Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Provin­cial Elec­tion Su­per­vi­sor Salus Mi­la­gros Vil­lanueva warned the pub­lic to strictly ob­serve the gun ban as well as the es­tab­lish­ment of a poll check­point at the start of the elec­tion pe­riod on Sun­day, Jan­uary 13.

Vil­lanueva said the gun ban is un­til at the end of the elec­tion pe­riod on June 12.

While they see a peace­ful poll in the prov­ince as the ma­jor­ity of the can­di­dates has no op­po­nents, they want to make sure safe, peace­ful and cred­i­ble elec­tion here, she said.

She also said they are now try­ing to de­ter­mine the “pri­or­ity ar­eas” in the prov­ince rel­a­tive to the com­ing elec­tions.

Vil­lanueva yes­ter­day con­vened the Provin­cial Joint Se­cu­rity Con­trol Cen­ter and led its first com­mand con­fer­ence.

“We want to en­sure to have ef­fec­tive se­cu­rity plans for the com­ing elec­tions,” she said.

More­over, she said they will also de­ter­mine the ar­eas in the prov­ince that have in­tense po­lit­i­cal ri­val­ries.

Ear­lier, the provin­cial po­lice said they are mon­i­tor­ing five elec­tion hotspots in the prov­ince due to the re­ported pres­ence of armed men and elec­tion-re­lated vi­o­lence.

These are the towns of Moises Padilla, Is­abela, To­boso, and Sal­vador Bene­dicto, and E.B Ma­ga­lona, based on the in­tel­li­gence mon­i­tor­ing of the provin­cial of­fice.

Mean­while, Vil­lanueva also re­minded the pub­lic to take note of the cal­en­dar of ac­tiv­i­ties in the com­ing elec­tions.

The cam­paign pe­riod for can­di­dates for se­na­tor and party-list groups par­tic­i­pat­ing is from Fe­bru­ary 12 to May 11, with cam­paign­ing pro­hib­ited on March 28 (Holy Thurs­day) and March 29 (Good Fri­day) while the cam­paign pe­riod for can­di­dates for mem­bers of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and elec­tive re­gional, provin­cial, city and mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials will run from March 30 to May 11.

Cam­paign­ing is pro­hib­ited from May 12 to 13, which is also the pe­riod for the liquor ban. The gun ban runs for the en­tire elec­tion pe­riod.*

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